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 Mark's Lab
 Marine ecotoxicological biomarkers for a cleaner, healthier ocean environment



November 2011: PhD student Omar Alharbi presents his work on Biomsrker studies of the
corrosion inhibitor, Quaternary Ammonium Salts (QUATS) at the RSC Chemistry in the Oil
Industry XII meeting 7th-9th November, 2011, in Manchester






September 2011: Virgnia Echavarri Bravo was part of a large delegation of Heriot-
Watt's Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology that attended the World
Confrence on Marine Biodiversity in Aberdeen. She presented a digital object of
her work on the effects of silver nanoparticles on estuarine microbial communities.




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September 2011: Members of the Nanosafety Group attended the 6th International
Conference on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials at the
Royal Society in London. Heriot-Watt University was well represented by the group
who presented five posters and gave one oral presentation.




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Renewables session intermediate

September 2011: The Bioengineering and Physiology Sections of the American Fisheries
Society sponsored a joint session on the Effects of Renewable Energy Installations on
Marine Ecosystems. Co-organisers (L to R): Brian Polagye, Mark Hartl, Andrea Copping,
Keith Kirdendall. The session had 20 talks and attracted 70+ attendees. A list of talks can
be found 







August 2011: Virginia Echavarri Bravo, PhD student in Dr Hartl's lab, was awarded joint
best poster at the MASTS Annual Science Meeting, show-casing her work on the environmental
impact of silver nanoparticles on estuarine microbial communities. The prize was presented by
Prof Carlo Heip, from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, who also chaired the
panel judging the posters.




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July 2011: Dr Cinta Porte Visa, Chemistry Dept, Institute of Environmental Assessment
and Water Research, Spanish Council for Scientific Research, Barcelona, Spain
, is currently
visiting Dr Hartl's lab to discuss further research collaboration. [
Link to Dr Porte's research]




                                          Applied Marine Biology Graduation 2011


June 2011: Congratulations to Rebecca Grieve, BSc who received the Dr Maia
Strachan award for best honours dissertation in Applied Marine Biology! Project
title: "An investigation into the effect of the oilfield chemical, Tetradecyl Dimethyl
Benzyl Ammonium Chloride (QUAT C14) on several biomarkers of exposure in
the blue mussel,
Mytilus edulis", supervised by Dr Mark Hartl


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April 2011: Members of Dr Hartl's group attended the Heriot-Watt Life Sciences Interface Day at the
Postgraduate Centre, Edinburgh Campus. We took the opportunity to display recent work on the
environmental impact of silver nanoparticles and network with colleagues across the Engineering/
Physics/Life Sciences Interface.



Funding success!
March 2011
FP7-NMP-2011-CSA, NMP.2011.1.3-3. Intelligent testing strategies for nanomaterials impact and
exposure – towards regulation and clustering of materials: ITS-NANO - Intelligent testing
strategy for engineered nanomaterials. Consortium CSA led by Stefano Pozzi Mucelli (Veneto
Nanotech SCpA). Partners: Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh), Institute of Occupational Medicine
(IOM, Edinburgh), Arhus University (AU, Denmark), Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Centro
Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A. (CRF, Italy), Fraunhofer (IME, Germany), National Research Centre for
the Working Environment (NRCWE, DK), Joint Research Centre (JRC, Brussels), European
Research Services GmbH (ERS, Germany) - currently awaiting commencement of negotiation stage.



October, 2010: A warm welcome to Virgnia Echavarri Bravo and Iain Hannah, who have recently
started PhD projects in Dr Hartl's lab, researching the impact of silver nanoparticles on microbial
communities in water treatment plants and estuarine environments


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Dr Mark Hartl represented the physiology section of the American Fisheries Society at the AFS
Governing Board meeting in Pittsburgh, 11th September, 2010. He took the opportunity to forge
links between AFS and the Marine Alliance for Society and Technology Scotland (MASTS), the
marine pooling initiative supported by the Scottish Government, and was able to identify a number
of areas of potential collaboration, in particular marine renewable energy and deep-water drilling,
both very topical issues with potential impacts on fish and fisheries.




PhD student, Omar Alharbi presents our poster to Ambassador Mohammed bin Nwaf at the 4th Saudi
International Conference sponsored by Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University and hosted
by The University of Manchester, UK, 30–31 July, 2010.



Barcelona sessions

 Dr Mark Hartl co-chairs the Toxicology Session at he 9th ICBF, Barcelona, 5-9th July 2010:

Fish in a toxic world: Biomarkers and impacts of exposure

Coordinators: Mark Hartl, Chris Kennedy, Alan Kolok

Aquatic environments offer and sustain diverse habitats for fish, but also attract an ever-increasing
level of anthropogenic activity, of both commercial and recreational nature. Consequently these
environments are under continued pressure owing to the discharge of communal and industrial
effluent and atmospheric fallout, as well as pesticides from agricultural runoff and antifouling agents.
The input of these often toxic contaminants, as well as re-introduction from secondary sources, such
as sediment deposits, has had often subtle, but nonetheless dramatic impacts on fish and fisheries.
Understanding the underlying routes of contaminant exposure and mechanisms of toxicity in fish, on
all levels of biological organisation, is vital in order to protect vulnerable species that often inhabit key
positions in the structure of delicately balanced aquatic communities. As in previous years, this
symposium provides a popular multidisciplinary platform for researchers, particularly graduate students,
to present and discuss their work on toxic mechanisms, comparative approaches to toxicology of various
compound groups, including organics and metals, and associated ecotoxicological biomarkers.



Funding success!
16 June, 2010
Dr Mark Hartl (Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology) and Prof Teresa Fernandes (Napier
Edinburgh University) have been successful in securing £30,000 from Marine Alliance for Science
and Technology Scotland (MASTS) towards the cost of a PhD studentship for Iain Hannah, currently
doing an MSc in Marine Resource Development and Protection with Dr Hartl. The project will investig
ate the impact of waste-water-derived silver nanoparticles on microbial communities in waste-water
treatment plants.




Nanotoxicology 2010, 2-4 June, Edinburgh. Dr Mark Hartl and Postgraduate students Dina
Ahmed and Majed Al-shaeri, attended the recent international conference on Nanotoxicology
at Napier Edinburgh University. Delegates were offered a diverse range of talks and poster
presentations and were able to mingle with like-minded researchers from all over the world,
exchange ideas and make new contacts. The next meeting will combine the hitherto separate
Nanotoxicology and NANOTOX meetings and will be held in Beijing in 2012.


Funding success!
18 May, 2010
Dr Mark Hartl (Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology) and Dr Lynn Paterson (School
of Engineering and Physical Sciences) have been successful in securing £80,000 from Heriot-
Watt University Environment and Climate Change Theme. The project will investigate the
impact of waste-water-derived silver nanoparticles on microbial communities in marine and
estuarine environments and will employ one PhD student for three years.



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MSc programmes in Marine, Environment and Climate Change




ICBF2020: 14th International Congress on the Biology of Fish, 28 June - 02 July 2020, 2018, Montepelier, France. More.....